John Viviano Garcia
1952 - 2020
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GARCIA, John Viviano Our dear friend, teacher and family member, John Viviano Garcia passed away July 11, 2020. He was 68. As per his stated wishes, there will be no funeral services. John was born in San Antonio on March 11, 1952 son of John R. Garcia and Virginia M. Garcia. John devoted his life to enriching the minds and lives of his students in Austin and San Antonio. John loved music, sports, good food and good people. John will always be remembered in the thoughts and prayers of all whose lives he blessed with his intelligence, kindness and generosity. John walked the talk of his honest Catholic convictions. He stood up against injustice, and never missed an opportunity to help and support those around him. John passed away the way he lived his whole life: fully committed to the well-being of his community, friends, family, and to the great values that always guided him. He will be greatly missed by us all. Rest in Peace, John.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jul. 18, 2020.
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September 25, 2020
Mr. García was one of my favorite teachers and a big reason why I love math (and eventually became a math teacher). He could always put a smile on your face and I always looked forward to his class. I have had the pleasure of being able to see him over the past few years because his godchildren go to my children’s school. I will surely miss our weekly run-ins.
Becky Shaheen
Student
July 30, 2020
What a kind, loving, generous man! I witnessed his life of service to others and I admire him for it. May he rest in peace!
Daniel Schaefer
Friend
July 26, 2020
Mr. Garcia was my favorite teacher I ever had. I was a troubled youth and disliked school. I would skip his class and he found me in the halls one day. I figured I was in trouble (like always), but, he talked very kindly to me. I was in his ESL Algebra class. He told me that he would give me credit for Algebra, if, I would help him tutor another student. I ended up taking the deal and my life was forever changed. The kid he was trying to tutor was from a Costa Rican orphanage and was trying to get citizenship. I ended up on a journey that taught me more than a classroom ever could. Mr. Garcia was the gentlest, kindest soul that I’ve ever met. My heart goes out to his family for losing such a wonderful person. I’m positive he’s in Heaven watching over you guys. Just know he made a huge impact in the lives of the children he taught. RIP beautiful soul❤❤
Heather Oglesby
Student
July 26, 2020
Rest in peace Mr. Garcia. Truly a great teacher.
AHS Maroons!
Blanca
Student
July 26, 2020
Mr. Garcia was my favorite teacher in high school. I always enjoyed his class , he was a kind man and was a favorite to many! I remember seeing him years later at acc.
Blanca
Student
July 25, 2020
He made the St. Ann's Chargers great!
Roy A Hernandez
Student
July 25, 2020
Mr. Garcia you will truly be missed. If it wasn’t for you I have no idea when I would have graduated. You pushed me to get through it. You looked out for everyone in class and pushed everyone all while joking around. You made class fun and took everyone with open arms. Thank you for the big hearted person and motivating us all. You will truly be missed an May you Rest In Peace.
Susie Calderon
Student
July 24, 2020
The TownLake Y had the honor of having John as a long time member. He always came to the Y with a great smile and positive attitude who took genuine interest in everyone he engaged and did it with sincerity and caring. We will truly miss him. The community has lost a tremendous soul whose passing will be felt for many years to come. I’m personally grateful to have known him.

With sadness and gratitude,
TIffany Patterson
District ED of the YMCA of Austin
Tiffany Patterson
Acquaintance
July 23, 2020
Mr. Garcia was a wonderful person to have known and absolutely made a difference in this world. I know many will miss him.
Ryan Tredway
Student
July 23, 2020
I met him when I started working at Austin High, he had such a kind heart and seemed to always be in a good mood, especially around the students. He loved working in the Delta Lab and I know that many students actually preferred to go to him for tutoring. He never showed frustration with struggling students and used his humor and compassion to help them relax and learn. He loved his students and the only time I saw him sad was when we lost one of our sophomores. He was so supportive of that boy's friends, and went out his way to comfort them and support them through their grief. What an awesome man and what an awesome heart. I will miss you my friend.
Felipe Garza
Friend
July 22, 2020
John helping out as he always did.
John's generosity left in indelible mark on those who knew him or those he just met. Thank you for your unending willingness to help and support others. You were an Angel for my family, and now you are an Angel amongst Angels. We love you.
Joey Machado
Friend
July 21, 2020
I've known John over 40 years as we were both math teachers in Austin ISD and adjuncts at ACC. He was an incredible teacher and person and he touched thousands in his career. He is gone too soon but his memory and his legacy will live forever.
Roger Thompson
Coworker
July 21, 2020
God Bless John Garcia. He will be missed by all the faculty and students at Austin Community College. His presence exuded kindness and grace. Rest in peace.
Kristina Flores
July 21, 2020
I met John through work at Austin Community College. He was a good man and supportive friend to me when I was struggling through college math. Very sad to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Paul Northup
Coworker
July 20, 2020
I would not have graduated high school if it wasnt for Mr. G.
He was a great man.
July 20, 2020
Such an amazing person, he was one of my favorite teachers at AHS and I've thought of him with affection and gratitude so many times since high school.
Sara Wimberley Stewart
Student
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia you will truly be missed. My heart is hurting we will miss you so much. It was a honor to know such a loving and caring man. He was a unselfish man and very generous man, he gave all he had to his students including mine. I remember the times he would invite us to go out and eat bar-b-que we really enjoyed his company. Loving and kind he was. We love you!!! Mr. Garcia. Adriana. & the Castillo family.
Adriana Castillo
Friend
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia was one of my most influential teachers. He was unique on that he trusted his students, and never talked down to them. He made math fun and easy, and I remember so often, him pulling a dollar bill out of his pocket and announcing that whoever got the answer to the next problem on the board right, got the dollar. You can bet we always paid attention! I also remember him staying late everyday after school to tutor anyone who needed it, and there were always students there. He was so generous with his time, reliable, and always so kind and funny. I ran into him at a grocery store at least 20 years after I graduated and he remembered me by name and we chatted, which was touching. I would also run into him at Becker Elementary when my son went there and Mr. Garcia would bring McDonalds to share with his nieces. He was always so happy to see them, and i could tell how much he loved that role. Ive thought of him so often throughout the years, and am so sad he is gone. Everyone should be privileged enough to have a teacher like him in their life.
Summer Teague Strotkamp
Student
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia was my algebra teacher second semester my freshman year of high school (1996). I hated algebra going into his class and I was a little nervous about having a new teacher mid year.
Mr. Garcia helped me learn algebra and to be an active participant in his class. He made a difference in my life in such a short time. I knew he cared about me first and algebra second. He helped build my confidence as a person which changed my outlook on high school. He was one of a handful of teachers at Austin High that impacted my decision to be a teacher.
He will be missed.
Lydia (Schnittger) Bochat
Student
July 20, 2020
I was stunned to see that John Garcia had tragically died way too soon, when he had many years left of teaching and mentoring high school and college students in Austin. John was my idol when we both worked at Austin High School. His devotion to students in and out of the classroom showed me the way that teachers should approach their jobs. He taught math, a most challenging subject, in a way that all students could understand. I cherished our walks around Town Lake and rooting for the Maroons at Austin High football games on Friday night, as well as the pre-game restaurant meals. And not just because John always wanted to pick up the check. If you are not sure how to lead your life, you can't do better than to follow in the steps of John Garcia. We will all miss him.
John Bryant
Friend
July 20, 2020
John was very special to my family. He was my Dads best friend. They worked together at Austin High and would attend many basketball and football games together over the years. He also attended family gatherings because he was family, in spirit.
He also tutored many people in math, including my brother and daughter- refusing payment. Those who knew John, can agree he was of pure heart and good intentions. May he Rest In Peace.
Deanne Langford
Friend
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia... Man oh man, such a great kind soul! I'm going to truly miss seeing you in the office, our conversations. But most of all your compassion to always making time to see my progression in school. You took the time out of your time to show me techniques.

Today, I'm saddened, we lost a great soul...Rest In Heaven Mr. Garcia!
Laura Estrada
Coworker
July 20, 2020
Mr Garcia was definitely a mentor and my motivator to finish highschool. If wasn't for him and his help I wouldn't have graduated. He had jokes for days, but when it came down to business he didn't play. He will be missed RIP Mr Garcia
Lupe Aleman
Student
July 20, 2020
What a wonderful and kind person John was. I will miss seeing him at school picks and talking about the kids and arranging play dates. John was the kind of person you looked forward to seeing and always had a warm smile to great your with. The kids and I will miss him dearly.
Kim Cross
Friend
July 20, 2020
Mr.Garcia was such an amazing super kind hearted person on this earth. He made class so much more exciting with his silly personality. He will truly be missed & loved by so many. May he Rest In Peace
Love you Mr. G!
Veronica Garcia
July 20, 2020
Mr.Garcia there are no words to explain how amazing this teacher was @AHS. I remember u always telling me don't be a bobo and when the answer came you would always make that face and there went the elbow. Along time ago you gave me some good advice and now I plan to use it. You changed my life forever Mr. G you are and will forever be an inspiration and motivator to all you taught. This world will be a little darker and less of a world without you in it Quimosabe.. Until we meet in the Stars my friend I hope you are in Paradise. Thank you for pushing me to graduate and saving me.
Jacklin nuncio
Friend
July 20, 2020
What to say about Mr.Garcia....... I don't think there are words to explain how many people's lives he touched. Mr.G was inspiration, motivation and comedy all rolled into one when he taught us. That is one teacher I'll never ever forget he saved my life once upon a time and helped me graduate. You are always in my heart mister G.... That elbow to the head always got me but its a good way to get someone to laugh like always. I will really miss you and I hope that you are so happy, and at peace. I will honor your memory by going back to school and leaving my mark just like you said I would. Thank you Mr. Garcia for everything and I can't wait to see you again someday.
Jacklin Nuncio
Friend
July 20, 2020
Mr G!!! You made my high school years so much better than they would have been. You made learning math fun.... when I almost gave up you would always give me pep talks and kept stern and would have jokes that kept me laughing and smiling during the whole process. Thanks for being an amazing teacher and making a difference in so many students lives! You will never be forgotten and missed forever. Rest In Peace Mr G!
Valerie
Student
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia my teacher, mentor and the one who turned out to be apart of our family. Because of you I graduated from AHS. You were the BEST math teacher ever! You pushed me to my limits... you were always so caring, compassionate and helpful. You gave me my first job of grading papers, gifted me my first car ever, attended my kiddos birthday parties, always kept in touch & showing up with bbq....so sooo many memories (18 years +) no matter how much time would pass wed always catch up with time. Im going to truly miss you...
MUCH LOVE & RESPECT
FOREVER in OUR HEARTS ♥
•Love the Castillo Family•
Liz Castillo
Student
July 20, 2020
Not Ohh, X! Is what you always told me. You were an inspiration to me and my family. MR.Garcia thank you for everything you taught me. I will cherish the memories.
Jake Nuncio
Student
July 20, 2020
You helped so many in class. I'm one of the many and I appreciate you. Much love and respect! Rest in peace "Mr. G" until I see you again.
Stephen Rayos
Student
July 20, 2020
Mr. Garcia was such a great mentor and motivator. He is the reason I graduated high school at Austin High. I would also run into him at my job after I graduated. I am so thankful I got the opportunity to meet him
I am so thankful to him and will forever be appreciative to him.
He had the biggest heart and was full of love and always willing to help those in need.
Audreana M Fernandez
Student
July 20, 2020
It is such a great loss to anyone that had known John. I knew since the begining when the Highland campus opened up. I can still hear his voice. He was always so nice coming into the office. I had always looked forward in seeing him and talking with him. He was so dedicated in teaching Math. I will definitely miss him coming to campus to teach what he loves.
Deborah Morales
Coworker
July 20, 2020
I would like to send my condolences and sympathies to John's family. He will be missed.
I will miss John. Met him at the Rio Grande Campus and we both moved to HLC. He was a teacher who devoted much of his time to his students. I often got into the conversation on teaching he and his good friend professor McCarthy were having over coffee in the lounge at HLC. We will miss John. God bless.
Saad
Friend
July 19, 2020
Mr. G had a big "impact" in helping me progress with my education. I first met Mr. G at the YMCA (Townlake 06-07 ) and as time passed we learned we both worked for ACC and the rest is history. We became really close friends (he was 10 yrs older) and Mr. G "tutored" me through College Algebra, Trig, (Intro to Calculus, it was his idea!)...he never ever charged me for his math tutoring,..ever (and I tried to pay him),...I will never ever forget Mr. G's friendship..it was a "sincere and genuine" friendship... we had a similar sense of humor and I loved him just like a brother...always Mr. G...Aaron
Aaron Lopez
Friend
July 19, 2020
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Janice Amazeen
July 18, 2020
I first met John when he coached basketball at St. Ann's Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas. He ended up rooming with my brothers awhile in Austin and staying there to bless the city with his exceptional skills as a math teacher and friend to all who met him. He so simply and rationally answered my teenage kids' question: why do we need to take Math? that they have never asked it again! God bless you, John! You are missed.
Anne Joseph Carraway
Friend
July 18, 2020
John was always a joy to be around. It was always a privilege to be with him. He was one the funniest, most honest and caring people I knew. I'll always miss him. I didn't expect him to be gone so soon. I'll miss our long conversations and yearly visits.
Paul Joseph
Friend
July 18, 2020
I will miss running into John at the Y, at the dentist and at St. Austin's Church. He was always friendly and it was a pleasure to talk with him. When I was a teacher of migrant students at Austin High School he was always supportive of me and of the progress of his math students.
Mary Nichols
Coworker
July 18, 2020
John was my colleague at Austin High. We taught different subjects in opposite ends of the building, but we would cross paths occasionally at the copy machine or in the bathroom. He was always quick with encouragement or a good joke. For a while, we'd pass each other on the trail during our conference periods; he'd always shout, "Sydney, 2000!" That became our regular greeting, whether exercising or not. A great guy. Gentle soul. And the real deal as a educator. My students had nothing but high praise for his teaching. I hope the family can take comfort in knowing how big of a thumbprint he left on the world. Rest in peace, John.
Billy Dragoo
Coworker
July 18, 2020
My condolences to John Garcia's family. I've known John since he started teaching at ACC. John was such a great person. He always had good things to say to everyone. I will truly miss seeing him at the Highland campus and also having our conversations.
Oralia (lala) Guerra
Coworker
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